Free, fair and balanced journalism has always been an important cornerstone of modernity and democracy, empowering people and societies. But the world has changed radically and journalism must adapt to ensure it remains relevant to today’s challenges. With this in mind, global journalism promotes global empowerment and creates the space to debate global issues, problems and solutions. By doing so, it makes societies and communities more resilient and better able to withstand the many crises we face.
‘Global north oil company known for channeling its taxes through sovereign tax havens to avoid paying its bills, drills in the river delta of the global south, polluting indigenous lands and forcing people to flee their homeland, cultural heritage and way of life’ is one example of a global storyline.
Journalism is a profession with considerable social responsibility. As the world has become more globalized, journalism needs to adapt to ensure it remains relevant and vital today.
Here is a list of reasons why it is important to take global journalism seriously, partly inspired by Peter Berglez:
- The world has fundamentally changed. As the old westphalian order recedes, the postwestphalian order is becoming increasingly prominent. To remain relevant, journalism needs to take these processes into account.
- It is not enough to divide the world into ‘domestic’ and ‘foreign’ anymore. Instead, the world needs to be understood as an interconnected complex of diverse relations and connections, of which journalists and their audiences are an integral part.
- Global journalism is essential for democratic debate. Besides providing accurate and comprehensive coverage of the crises we face, global journalism promotes empowerment and a more thoughtful, informed public discourse around these issues – something all too often missing from coverage of key issues at present.
- It supports the development of a more humane and evidence-based policy environment. By allowing us to better understand how the world is interconnected, in particularly the links between ‘domestic’ and ‘foreign’ issues underpinning phenomena such as migration, it enables us to act based on the ‘big picture’, using alternative approaches and views.
- It makes the audience and our societies more resilient and able to withstand even abrupt changes. Even when the coverage including challenging or difficult stories, global journalism can strengthen understanding and reduce irrational expectations so that societies are better placed to withstand crises. Ultimately, it allows the public to better understand themselves in relation to the world – and to make decisions based on this better understanding.